Hi, I am running into some pretty pathetic rip speeds in Smartripper with my px-712a. It is the secondary master and has firmware version 1.03. Rip speed tops out at about 2x and takes around 48 minutes to rip. I have a cheap dvd-rom(seconday slave) that is getting much better rip speeds, over 8x at times and can rip in around 15 minutes. I know roms tend to be better rippers than burners, but I was under the impression that my rip times are abnormally slow for the px-712a. The unit burns at it's rated speed its just ripping that is a problem. I was thinking of upgrading the firmware but since none of the release notes deal with ripping I was concerned with "rocking the boat" of stable burns that I currently get. My next thought was an atapi driver problem, but its using the same damn driver as the dvd-rom. My burning station is a bit on the slow side as an Athlon 750mhz, but I have my doubts this is the cause of slow ripping.